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Troop Talk

Troop Talk is held every other Tuesday, and will help you transition from military service to college to employment.

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Speaker Series: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m. | Dr. Gumbs shares her experience as a survivor of sexual violence

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Speaker Series: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Thursday, Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m. | Experience a multimedia poetic presentation about police brutality

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Free Legal Assistance Clinic

Need help with a legal issue? Attend our free legal assistance clinic, offered by the FVTC Paralegal Student Organization. Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-Noon

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Junior Achievement 8th Grade Technical Careers Challenge

A real-world experience that allows teams of middle school students to work with a business person to compete against one another as they manufacture or provide a service. 

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Cooking Demo: Asian Cuisine: Bamboo Steamer to Mouth-Watering Wok

Asian Cuisine: Bamboo Steamer to Mouth-Watering Wok | Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. - Noon

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On Campus: Herzing University

Thinking of transferring to Herzing University?

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Cultural Cuisine 2017

Join us Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 for cultural hors d'oeuvres prepared by our Culinary Arts students. 

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Speaker Series: Tony Bednarowski

Thursday, March 2, Appleton Campus | Learn how foods we consume have a profound effect on performance, body composition and overall blood chemistry as well as state of mind

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On Campus: Marian University

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On Campus: Herzing University

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Focus Magazine | Current Issue | Fall 2016

Designing Homeowner Dreams: Kitchen & Bath Design

Designing Homeowner Dreams: Kitchen & Bath Design

Spring 2014

Apr 2, 2014

Kewaunee native Alyssa Meyer is making dreams come true for the customers of Cabinet Creations, a family-owned manufacturer of fine wood custom cabinets, entertainment centers, mantels, and more.

As a salesperson and designer for the Dyckesville, Wisconsin firm, the 22-year-old Meyer takes ideas and brings them to reality. “I work directly with customers, contractors, and builders,” she says. “My job is to go through floor plans and make recommendations for each room. I handle everything from design work to completing proposals and estimates.”

Meyer, a graduate of Fox Valley Technical College’s Interior Design - Kitchen & Bath Design program, credits her success to the skills she gained at FVTC. “We covered everything from how to use CAD software to the basics of plumbing,” she states. “I learned how to render 3D views—making everything look more realistic with color and texture. I also gained practical know-how, such as learning the plumbing requirements for different types of faucets and bathtubs.”

Meyer's education at FVTC puts her in elite company. The college recently attained accreditation from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) the premiere association for kitchen and bath professionals. Nearly 50 years after its inception, the NKBA has more than 50,000 members. 

 
We are the only accredited trainer for kitchen and bath designers in Wisconsin,” notes Kathy McDonald, interior design instructor at FVTC. "Essentially, that means our program has reached the highest level of training standards for kitchen and bath designers." 

McDonald added that the demand for kitchen and bath designers is increasing due to an uptick in the economy and because more baby-boomers are looking to remodel. “It’s a very timely career to get into right now,” she says. “Our graduates can make quite a nice salary because their job often includes commissions on sales, customer service, and design work, similar to what Alyssa is doing.”
 
That skill set is why Meyer enjoys her career. “No two days are ever alike,” she states. “Thanks to Fox Valley Tech, I’m part of a process from start to finish in making homeowners’ dreams come true.”
 

Certified Kitchen & Bath at FVTC

The one and only National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) accredited training program in Wisconsin 
 
3 first-place finishes from students in FVTC’s Interior Design program over the past two years at the annual Wisconsin Technical College System Design Competitions in Madison
 
By 2016, there will be 5 million new professional services positions in the United States, and the kitchen & bath industry is one area of professional services that can’t be outsourced or automated (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)